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In Chatswood NSW on “Subdivision of one lot into...” at 9 Centennial Avenue Chatswood NSW 2067.:

Brian O'Gallagher commented

Council should reject this application as the removal of the surrounding land will have a significant impact on the Heritage Item (the building). The heritage significance of the house must be considered in the context of the grounds that surround it. Removal of the grounds, and the encroachment of lot 2 within meters to the main house directly impacts the heritage significance.

The request to contravene the LEP based on the "long term management of the heritage significant house which is need of extensive renovation works for the damage done upon the partial demolition" , rewards the owner for the unauthorised demolition works they performed.

The tests the developer is using contravene the LEP and are not justified. It would not be in the interest of the public to have it varied for this development. The damage done was performed by the owner trying to bypass planning laws. That conversion of a 1,562m2 block with a grand heritage home into a dual occupancy house for the family would "facilitate the opportunity for social and economic welfare and a better suit environment for the community" is not plausible. The third point, is easily counted as it does not support ecologically sustainable development by removing the open grounds of the building and replacing that with a building.

Council has stated in the planning reports that they actively support conservation and heritage of the buildings in the LGA. This DA request directly contravenes that stated goals and should there fore rejected.

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